Why Did I Do This To Myself?

Years ago I went to see Randy Newman, who was the guest artist at a concert with the Delaware Symphony Orchestra.  He chatted with the audience from the stage, and talked about some of the challenges of film scoring.  He recalled a time when he was asked to write an additional 2 or 3 minutes … Continue reading Why Did I Do This To Myself?

It’s About Time

It's about time I put up a new post. It's also about spending time, about making time, and about time passing. Every week, I found myself thinking, "I need to post something - I'll get to it soon." Before I knew it, "soon" was long gone. Though I will say that I've spent a lot … Continue reading It’s About Time

Writing About Music . . .

. . . is like dancing about architecture.  (Martin Mull) This quote has been rattling around in my mind quite frequently as of late.  You see, amidst all the activity that is composition, and all the activity that surrounds that work (classroom visits, site maintenance, recording and mixing, etc., etc., etc.,) comes the search for … Continue reading Writing About Music . . .

My New Reality Show

I've often thought of pitching a reality show that follows a composer around in their day-to-day activities.  I mean a real reality show, with the person in the career they had long before the reality show started.  Something you know they'll still be doing long after it ends. Then I realize what the show would … Continue reading My New Reality Show

Embracing Human Limitations

Have you heard the one about the efficiency expert who went to a performance of Schubert's Unfinished Symphony?* Funny?  Sure.  But nowadays, it's not too far off the mark, I fear. I read an article a few years ago (and for the life of me, I can't remember where, or by whom, and I haven't … Continue reading Embracing Human Limitations

When Things Come Together

It's an exciting time!  Rehearsals for the 2014-15 concert season have started, the Brazilian ensemble has had two performances in the last week, with two more scheduled for this week.  The flute choir repertoire is set after our reading session last week, and rehearsals start in earnest next week. And CDs! Last night I got … Continue reading When Things Come Together

A Kickstarter Summary

It's official.  My Kickstarter campaign did not get funded. Needless to say, I’m disappointed.  And poorer in the end, of course, since I'll be paying for it all myself now.  But what I really am is incredibly disheartened. I realize I’ve never been a social guru.  I was never part of the “popular” crowd in … Continue reading A Kickstarter Summary